This video shows James Harden riding an electric scooter, being pulled over by local traffic police during a recent visit to China. We’re not entirely sure what’s going on, but the look on the 29-year-old Houston Rockets superstar was absolute gold. Look:
Yes, James Harden was whistled for a violation. Happy?
On a more serious note, it wasn’t for traveling and it might have something to do with the fact that Harden, just like his companions, wasn’t wearing a helmet—a possible traffic no-no in Shanghai, and probably not the best way to get around for an athlete/former Most Valuable Player who stands to make in excess of $38 million playing professional basketball next season.
According to the South China Morning Post, a small crowd soon gathered and the NBA shooting guard’s ride—reportedly a rented battery-powered scooter—was confiscated by traffic police. The Internet then proceeded to have a field day at the athlete’s expense.
Word of advice for any other players heading over to the People’s Republic for promotional duties: China’s traffic enforcers are stricter than the NBA’s referees. Remember to ride safe out there, guys.